Joan Tidy (in the Chair)
Mary Ross MBE, Sheila Hughes, Frances Prockter, Cllr Seymour Bell, Neville Froggatt, Heather Hall, Anne Evans, Val Fellowes, Jan Ashford, Cllr Martin Woodhouse, Liz Froggatt.
1. Minute Number 084/09/FPG - To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies were received and accepted from Clare Orme (Parish Clerk), Liz Lenton and Cllr Ann Hood.
2. Minute Number 085/09/FPG - To receive apologies for absence.
There were no declarations of members interests.
3. Minute Number 086/09/FPG - To confirm minutes of the meeting held on 6th August 2009.
Resolved: The non-exempt minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 6th August 2009 having been circulated were accepted as a true record with the following clarifications:
Item 4: The payment due to British waterways for the temporary bridge was discussed at the meeting held with Dave Adkins on 7.7.09
Item 11: The notes were produced by Nev to assist members with the tour of our wildlife sites at the SDDC Environmental meeting held in Findern.
4. Minute Number 087/09/FPG - Matters arising.
The lights on the underpass will be repaired by Connect as part of their regular servicing programme. Weeds are no longer sprayed, but will be cleared when they visit the site for maintenance.
The group were thanked for all their hard work clearing ragwort. Mary incurred a slight injury when she slipped on the wet grass. Members were urged to take care when the surface is slippery. Clare has authorised minor repairs to be carried out to the trailer.
5. Minute Number 088/09/FPG - Finance and fundraising
Mary reported that there is £2554.93 in the current account and £4815.41 in the reserve account. This includes quarterly interest of 48p. The grant funding applications for the ‘Do One Thing’ event that had been submitted to B&Q and the Midlands Coop had both failed. An applications to the Opal Fund for promotional materials has been submitted, and also to Derbyshire County Council for a hedge-planting materials.
6. Minute Number 089/09/FPG - Communications and notifications
The Probation Service has asked for a small amount of storage space in the garage for equipment. It was agreed to inform the Parish Council that the group no longer need two mowers. It was suggested that one could be donated to them.
Kate Allies is asking for expressions of interest from organisations who are keen to reduce the carbon footprint in their community. The correspondence was passed to the Parish Council for their consideration.
The OPAL Air Pollution survey launches nationally on 29 September. Lichens and fungi are used as indicators of air pollution. Nev and Heather will be attending the training event at Rosliston on 5 October.
The Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Partnership Forum will be held at Derby University on 29 October. The subject will be Wildlife Recording. Joan and Liz will attend.
The next meeting of the National Forest Walking Festival will be held on 8 October. Apologies are to be sent. It is hoped to offer a walk with the Countryside Service during the festival. Liz is to confirm this with Andy.
7. Minute Number 075/09/FPG - Countryside News’ and proposed Parish newsletter
It is hoped that Liz and Wendy can meet Cllr Barry Bagnall and Cllr Lynette Nash, together with Clare Orme, in Findern Parish Rooms on 27 October at 9am to discuss this issue.
8. Minute Number 090/09/FPG - Project and event planning
Existing paths will be topped up and the existing path in Cote Close will be extended. Subject to approval from the Parish Council, this work is planned for the end of the year.
Jan has offered some old canes for the proposed Insect Hotel, Heather has some pallets and Mary has some plastic guttering. Members are urged to collect old clay plant pots, holed bricks, and old roof tiles. The Hotel will be built in Cote Close.
The timber that Cllr Bell has offered for a bench is unsuitable as it is cracking. It was proposed to use this for a raptor perch.
The group would like to join the Parish Council and the Parish Rooms Management committee to plant an oak tree in Stanhope Wood in memory of their colleague, Cllr Mike Orme. The cost of the tree, plaque and post is estimated to be around £60. Mary and Liz are obtaining approval for the arrangements from Mike’s children and Val. The planting will be on a date convenient for the family, but will not be before the end of November. Heather is collecting donations from the group, and the Parish Council and the Parish Rooms management group are invited to collect their own donations or members can contribute directly to Heather before October 31. The tree, plaque and post will be purchased after that date. Any surplus funds will be sent off to the British Heart Foundation together with any money raised on the charity walk we are proposing for the new year.
The ‘Do One Thing’ event will be held on The Green on October 28, and has been organised in conjunction with Derbyshire Countryside Service. The Parish Council and Clare are to be asked for advice on how the ‘Do One Thing’ event should be funded by the group. £50 for sundry items is required, together with the fee of £50 required by Alan Withington to come and make bird boxes with the children. Approval from the parish council is sought for these payments. Alan furthermore charges each child £5 for a completed box. The group are undecided whether each child should be asked to pay this amount or whether this can be subsidised by both/either the group and the parish council. Cllr Woodhouse is to clarify these issues on our behalf.
Make A Difference Day: Due to other events, the group will not be participating in this event this year.
Tree O Clock: This attempt on the world record for the most number of trees planted in different locations has been organised by BBC Breathing Places on December 5 from 11-12pm. We will be planting trees in Cote Close and at the Ballast Hole Pond as part of this event.
Dare To Wear It Pink Walk: We shall be walking in aid of Breast Cancer on October 30, time to be confirmed. Joan will distribute posters and sponsor forms.
SDDC Environmental Forum: Frances, Mary, Heather, Joan and Seymour will be attending this event, hosted by the Dove Valley Group at Hatton on 29 September.
Village of the Year: Mary and Wendy will be attending this event, together with a villager who met the judges.
9. Minute Number 091/09/FPG - Public rights of way reports and maintenance
Workshops will be planned to tidy our rights of way before the on set of winter. Cllr Ann Hood is liaising with Dave Adkins to ensure that the gates are installed on footpaths 3 and 5 asap.
10. Minute Number 092/09/FPG - Wildlife site maintenance.
The Probation Service are continuing to strim the wildflower areas.
11. Minute Number 093/09/FPG - Wildlife bank.
Sightings of a thrush, buzzard, kingfisher, stoat and a harvest mouse were reported, together with an unusually large number of wrens.
12. Minute Number 094/09/FPG - Next meeting 1st October 2009 and the appointment of chair.
Resolved: The next meeting will be held on 1st October 2009 at the Parish Rooms commencing at 7pm.
Resolved: Joan Tidy to take the Chair
Confirmed:……………………………………………..Date:…………………… 11. Minute Number 093/09/FPG - Wildlife bank.
Sightings of a thrush, buzzard, kingfisher, stoat and a harvest mouse were reported, together with an unusually large number of wrens. 12. Minute Number 094/09/FPG - Next meeting 1st October 2009 and the appointment of chair. Resolved: The next meeting will be held on 1st October 2009 at the Parish Rooms commencing at 7pm. Resolved: Joan Tidy to take the Chair